Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Harshal Patel on Sunday picked up Indian Premier League’s 20th hat-trick as he removed Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians (MI) off back-to-back deliveries in the 17th over.
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Harshal, who became the first bowler to take a five-for against Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021 opener earlier this year, picked up from where he left to become RCB’s third bowler to pick a hat-trick in the league after Praveen Kumar (vs RR) in 2010 and Samuel Badree (vs MI) in 2017.
“This was my sixth time on a hat-trick. And just the first time I got it. Really happy!” Harshal told the broadcasters.
With this performance, Harshal extended his lead at the top of the Purple Cap leaderboard, with 23 wickets, ahead of Delhi Capitals’ Avesh Khan (15) and MI’s Jasprit Bumrah (14).